Best Food Porn Moments In Film

Jon Favreau's Chef is in all good cinemas now.

But this is no ordinary Jon Favreau film. This is a film that will make you ditch the diet and series record Master Chef. With a cast as delicious as the grub, we're already salivating at the thought. Here's our top 15 food porn moments that made us really hungry...

1. The Film: The Matrix

The Food: Steak.

Why So Hungry: It’s not The Matrix telling us that the steak Joe Pantoliano is eating ‘is juicy and delicious’. It’s the way that piece of succulent rare meat hangs seductively on the fork. Ignorance may be bliss but it could still make a vegetarian book a table at The Hawksmoor.   

 2. The Film: Ratatouille 

The Food: Ratatouille.

Why So Hungry? Ratatouille used to be a meal you slopped out of a can you found at the back of the cupboard on a cold January. Yet Disney Pixar’s animated delight made this basic dish a memorable meal. 

The moment discerning restaurant crtic Anton Ego (voiced by Peter O’Toole) samples the delights of the ‘peasant dish’, he’s whipped back to being a ‘piccolo ragazzo’ sitting at his mother’s table. We imagine it’s a bit like reliving your student days with a Pot Noodle, but better. It helped that it was served in decorative slices and placed on a tiny mound on a pretty plate. For some reason, that makes food look posh. Who doesn't like posh? 

3. The Film: Matilda  

The Food: Chocolate cake.

Why So Hungry? Punishment never looked so darn delicious as the naughty Bruce Bogtrotter (Jimmy Karz) was made to consume a cake the size of a mattress for his sins. We’d happily swap 100 lines for that giant chocolate fudge cake that made our mouths (and eyes) water in the 1996 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic. 

4. The Film: Jiro Dreams Of Sushi  

The Food: Sushi.

Why So Hungry: Those tiny bits of fish caused big belly rumbles as we watched chef Jiro Ono orchestrate his fine dining sushi experience like a conductor at the Royal Albert Hall. With shots that are the wet dreams of a M&S ad, this documentary could make us crave a sliced goldfish on Ryvita.  

5. The Film: Super Size Me  

The Food: Mcdonald's.

Why So Hungry? Watch Morgan Spurlock’s documentary Super Size Me on a hangover and with the volume turned down, and you’ll totally find yourself something that’s served up in a paper box from the golden arches. Double the risk of heart failure? Meh. We’ll take fries with that. 

6.  The Film: Uncle Buck 

The Food: A giant pancake (and lots of sausages).

Why So Hungry: The size of the pancakes whipped up by Uncle Buck (John Candy) for little Miles’ birthday made us want to go out and buy a bigger frying pan. We didn’t just want to eat that massive pancake, we wanted to sleep on it. Or maybe use it as a trampoline.

It was as if a UFO landed on the kitchen table and erupted maple syrup all over itself. The birthday candle in the whole tub of butter? That was the icing on the cake. 

 7. The Film: The Trip To Italy 

The Food: ALL OF IT. But mainly the linguine. 

Why So Hungry: Choosing which dish was our favourite from The Trip To Italy was almost as tricky as choosing which impersonation from Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon was the best. They’re all so good. Yet when it came to the grub the swishing sound of the sea and the clang of the kitchen as a busy chef tossed clams around a sizzling pan, made us want to pop to Italy for a fish supper. Or just to Lidl for a £1.99 pack of vacuum-packed muscles. 

8. The Film: Pulp Fiction 

The Food: An overpriced milkshake.

Why So Hungry: That $5 shake in Pulp Fiction looked like it was worth every cent. Uma Thurman didn’t exactly ‘do a Sally’ when she seductively sipped up that ‘pretty f*cking good milkshake’, but the slow bat of her eyelids and the toying with her cherry said it all...she was in heaven.  

9. The Film: Goodfellas 

The Food: Lobster, salami, cheese, pasta sauce, veal, beef, pork, fresh bread and medium rare steak.

Why So Hungry: If meals are really like this in prison, lock us up and swallow the key. The precision of which Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino) slices the garlic for the pasta sauce (just one of the many, many courses to their meal), makes all that mafia tomfoolery just bloody water under a bridge.

10. The Film: Lady And The Tramp 

The Food: Meatballs and spaghetti.

Why So Hungry: Love is... unapologetically slurping up pasta strings from a shared plate of bolognaise, allowing tomato juice to flick in each other's eye, and rolling the last meatball to your lover’s side of the plate. This meal didn't just make us want spag bol, it makes us want to try harder on Tinder.  

11. The Film: It's Complicated 

The Food: Chocolate croissants.

Why So Hungry: What’s cuter than watching 50 something year-olds getting stoned on pot? Watching them get the munchies and make fresh croissants comes close. This is a feat not to be scoffed at. After a smoke, most people can barely make it to the fridge - or so we hear. 

These courting lovebirds (Meryl Streep and Steve Martin) manage to knock up a batch of pain au chocolat without burning down the house, and manage to channeli Ghost’s potter wheel scene using pastry for clay. Impressive.  

12. The Film: The Lunchbox 

The Food: Proper home cooked Indian food. 

Why So Hungry: When you expect a soggy sandwich but end up with a stack of freshly-prepared home-cooked curries, you know you’ve been a good person in your former life. Saajan (Iffran Khan) was the happy victim of a misplaced lunch lovingly prepared by frustrated housewife Ila (Nimrat Kaur). Ila’s cooking was neglected by her husband, but Saajan was fine to pick up the not so sloppy seconds.  

13. The Film: Eat Pray Love  

The Food: More pasta.

Why So Hungry: Food is the substitute for sex for Liz Gilbert (Julia Roberts) who finds herself eating her way out of a heartbreak. Finding yourself suddenly single can mean the caress of a bedfellow is a little less frequent, and Liz clearly had an itch to scratch.

After she enviously gazes at a young couple in a passionate PDA, she quickly orders herself a bowl of pasta. Watching Julia prolong the enjoyment of her meal like some sort of tantric sex session made this scene a mouthwatering one.   

14. The Film: Chocolat 

The Food: Chocolate. And Johnny Depp.

Why So Hungry: Back in 2000, things were simpler for women. We liked all of two things - fancy chocolate and Johnny Depp.  Chocolat director Lasse Hallström knew this and put two and two together... and made phwoar*. 

*Phwoar. It's no longer 2000. This word is no longer acceptable. 

 15. The Film: Blue Is The Warmest Colour 

 

The Food: Mum’s spaghetti.

Why So Hungry: It wasn’t just the fact that Blue Is The Warmest Colour is three hours long that left our tummy rumbling. It was also thanks to all those scenes involving Adele (Adèle Exarchopoulos) shoving food into her mouth, particularly her mother’s spaghetti. Never has comfort eating looked so adorable. We’ll forgive you if that’s not the first thing you remember from this lengthy lesbian drama. 

 What are your best food porn moments (9 1/2 Weeks doesn't count). Tell us in the comments below!

Comments

    • SOCOTROCO

      Jun 24th 2014, 13:36

      stuntman mike munching that plate of tortilla platter, where is it?

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    • TudorQueen

      Jun 25th 2014, 20:34

      I'm stunned that you left out two of the greatest food porn films ever: "Big Night" - One chef's uncompromising devotion to authentic - and amazing - Italian food may be endangering the very survival of his restaurant in a city where people flock to the more mainstream offerings of the flashy rival across the way. All the food will make you salivate, but the extraordinary feast on which the last act of the film resolves, especially the presentation of a Timpano, is food porn at its highest. Stars Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm, Campbell Scott, Allison Janney, Minnie Driver and Isabella Rossellini, all wonderful. But the food's the star. "Babette's Feast" - Danish Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, based on an Isak Dinesen story, it's about two dour, self-denying women (daughters of the leader of a splinter Lutheran sect) who save the life of, and then take in a French refugee who devotedly serves them, conforming to their rigid lifestyle. When Babette wins a large lottery prize, she insists on cooking a grand feast for her benefactresses, and invites several other members of the community. Everyone agrees that they will attend, but will definitely not enjoy it. Things don't go as planned, and as we watch Babette lovingly prepare and serve each amazing course, we know that restraint will at least crack. A small surprise at the end is just the right touch.

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    • FBYBrown

      Jun 27th 2014, 18:32

      I'm amazed that "Big Night' was left out, but even more amazed that you left out Jûzô Itami's 1985 film "Tampopo" (With a young Ken Watanabe in the cast). The "Noodle Western" with so many plays on food through the film. The spaghetti scene at the restaurant, the scenes of food play during sex, the list goes on and on. I'm surprised that this wasn't even a blip on the radar.

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    • richardfoster

      Jun 28th 2014, 7:57

      My God, you've missed Nine and a Half Weeks and the cake scene from Matrix Reloaded as well! They're two very porno food scenes. Fun article, though :)

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